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By LuAnn Schindler

Brave New World

Clearwater grads high school careers in rear-view mirror


LuAnn Schindler

Oh, the places you'll go Clearwater seniors (front row, l-r): Taylor Ann Bolling, Lauren Behnk, Taylor Rose Bolling, Jackie Olivan, Brooke Knievel, Kierra Bearinger; (back row, l-r): James Kester, Zach Hoffman, Tyler Hupp and Trenton Fletcher take one final group photo prior to commencement exercises.

Clearwater Public School seniors did not let the coronavirus spoil graduation, despite limited attendance at Saturday's commencement exercises.

The ten graduates turned a stressful final quarter of classes into a memorable celebration.

Jackie Olivan welcomed family members and guests.

Lauren Behnk, valedictorian, and Kierra Bearinger, salutatorian, shared memories and provided their take on spending one-fourth of the year learning at home following the school's March 13 closure due to COVID-19.

Principal Mike Sanne presented class members as they retrieved their diplomas.

LuAnn Schindler

Sweet success • Lauren Behnk receives a hug from her niece and nephew, Cady and Andy Klabenes, during commencement exercises, Saturday. Behnk was named valedictorian of the Clearwater Public Schools class of 2020.

Bearinger, Behnk, Taylor Ann Bolling, Taylor Rose Bolling, Trenton Fletcher, Zach Hoffman, Tyler Hupp, James Kester, Brooke Knievel and Jackie Olivan comprise the class.

Kendra Shrader, guidance counselor, introduced students who attained academic honors, including, Bearinger, Behnk, Taylor Ann Bolling, Hupp and Kester.

On behalf of her classmates, Knievel thanked audience members for attending the ceremony.

After the traditional turn of the tassel, Sanne commended the class for working through the distractions during an unconventional year.

"Thanks for being patient. It was a tough last nine weeks," he said.


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